Rapid Re-Housing Training: Beyond the Basics
NCCEH is partnering with the NC ESG Office and Abt Associates to provide this one-day training on rapid re-housing. National experts Marge Wherley and Tom Albanese will present on best practices and innovative strategies in implementing rapid re-housing programs.
Audience: Program managers and direct service staff currently operating a rapid re-housing program.
Summary: Rapid re-housing (RRH) is a key intervention to help people who are homeless quickly find, secure, and stabilize in permanent housing. This training is designed for current RRH direct service staff and supervisors and will explore effective RRH assistance strategies for a wide range of people who are homeless, including people with more significant barriers to housing placement and stabilization. As a short-term crisis response, RRH is a challenging practice. Program participants have a wide array of barriers to obtaining and retaining housing. Case managers must be able to assist them to prioritize goals and take effective, realistic action steps. In this training, RRH staff will work through case examples and explore ways to ensure the right assistance is provided at the right time to rapidly re-house people experiencing homelessness.
Training will focus on the following objectives:
- Identifying the common effects of homelessness and how these impact case management approaches;
- Understanding and applying progressive engagement strategies to effectively serve people with low to high/complex housing barriers, including approaches to assessing housing barriers and developing and updating housing plans;
- Troubleshooting disengagement and knowing when to close a case;
- Building diverse, effective, and win-win landlord partnerships.
The training will run from 9:00 to 5:00. Registration will begin at 8:30. Lunch and snacks will be provided.
Registrants will be sent a reminder email with the training address.
Registration for this event closes on July 19.
Marge Wherley, MSW, has been an Associate with Abt Associates, Inc. for five years, where she provides technical assistance and training to nonprofit agencies regarding homelessness prevention and rapid re-housing. Her prior experience at Hennepin County as Supervisor of Housing and Homelessness Initiatives included 17 years of planning, implementing, and evaluating the impact of one of the nation’s first rapid re-housing programs. The Hennepin County Rapid Exit program became a model for HUD’s Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program (HPRP) and the VA’s Supportive Services for Veteran Families program (SSVF).